LAUNCH: Get Hackney Coding

The Get Hackney Coding Campaign launches today with a month of digital activity for everyone to get involved with.

The campaign supported by Samsung and the Learning Trust calls for schools, young people, tech professionals and families from across the borough to use #GetHackneyCoding on twitter and join the conversation, share their coding experiences and to get take up a tech challenge.

WIN the chance to create your very own computer game and have it made a reality by Technology Will Saves Us. Submit your ideas to gethackneycoding@hackney.gov.uk and your game will be judged at the end of the month by a panel of experts from tech, gaming and education experts.  See here for competition details

Thanks to funding from Samsung and other partners, 80 local teachers are set to become coding experts with a series of training sessions that will help to provide the coding know-how to teach young people.  The campaign also acts as a call to action for London tech companies to get involved by helping teach after-school Code Club sessions. 

Volunteer by emailing  gethackneycoding@hackney.gov.uk

Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, said:

"Technology offers amazing opportunities for children to develop and create. We believe that this is something that should be encouraged at every possible level and work to do so through our programmes to promote digital literacy and innovation. It is vital for both the benefit of young people’s futures and the future of our nation.

Britain has the opportunity to become a digital powerhouse if we can embrace digital learning and innovation. For this to happen we need to ensure that people are empowered to learn digital skills and share their experiences to encourage others to do so too. We are proud to be supporting Get Hackney Coding and look forward to seeing what possibilities it will unlock.” 

Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe said: “The new computer curriculum is helping to teach the next generation the skills needed to help open opportunities for future careers especially those in the tech sector, an industry that is growing exponentially and has a significant base in Hackney, as home to Tech City, the UK’s largest tech cluster.

“Being taught the new curriculum in schools not only helps to forge a future career, but can also help with day-to-day life skills such as problem solving and team work. That’s why I want to encourage everyone in Hackney to join the coding conversation, for young people to talk about computers and the curriculum with their families, join-in with the free competition and explore what coding is all about. Let’s get Hackney Coding this February.”

The project is being supported by Samsung, Hackney Learning Trust, Education Foundation, Code Club, Technology Will Save US, Tech City UK, Here East, Union Developments, Tech City News and the 3Beards.

#GetHackneyCoding runs from 2 - 27 February. The competition will close on 23 February.